Hi, everyone! This is Yaman Habip '23 (Second speaker) from Milton Academy and I run this page. [email protected] if you need to contact me or [email protected] for my partner. All cases we plan to run will be disclosed here 30 minutes before the round for individual tournaments because we don't have an NDCA page. I'll disclose our full cases and blocks after topics are over.
Sophomore year (2020 - 2021)
We started doing much better prep sophomore year, with good cases and well organized block files for both sides. We also started writing cases with citations in the footnotes but no paraphrasing. This allowed for much better warrants in between cards. If that is confusing, just check out one of our cases.
This was a really fun topic, with lots of interesting strategy considerations on the pro (see overviews in blocks) and we started to use metaweighing. Con was very stock, and we basically used the same cases for the whole topic. Blocks were somewhat mediocre, as we didn't grind them as much as Septober and didn't prep out all the right arguments, but they got the job done. Overall, dropping in doubles at Varsity Scarsdale was rough but 4-1 at JV Little Lex, a local tournament, was a confidence booster. The next weekend, we had a great time winning Princeton in JV.
NFU Aff V2 - we never ran this one in round, but I really liked it so I thought I'd put it here. Also, both Aff's needed content warnings so we also have this:
M4A AKA UBI pharma edition. We liked this topic, recycled lots of prep. We used the same cases for the whole topic after the end of camp with slight refinement, stock on the aff and lay neg, super fun pharma collapse arg on the tech neg. Excellent block files, worked on them for 5 months from camp until the end of M4A. It wasn't fun to go 3-3 at Tim Averill varsity, but we did fairly well in JV, reaching Octos at UKY, Quarters at Bronx, and winning Duke and Yale.
Freshman Year (2019 - 2020)
During Freshman year we used the same case for the whole topic. We also only had one block file so the disclosures here are relatively small. We didn't do anything noteworthy so I haven't commented on tournament performance.
We made a bunch of changes to these files post-Corona for states but did not do good version control so they are the only cases I have. Pretty much stock cases with some good cards we found on our own. Also, this was our first blocks doc with a table of contents. Changed. My. Life.
Aff was stock with a couple of nice finds, neg was half stock half really funky China argument. Had lots of fun with that one.
First cases we ever wrote! Also stock on the neg, cool national security argument on the aff.
I debated this topic with a different partner, Lorenzo didn't debate the BRI. Our captains wrote these cases for us, and we only went to one tournament on the topic.